Media Watch – Feb 10

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Deputy Leader signs Times letter criticising spending cuts (Times, BBC WM) Cllr Paul Tilsley one of over 80 prominent Liberal Democrat councillors, including the leaders of 17 local authorities, who have criticised the scale and pace of government cuts.

Free gym scheme to continue (Birmingham Mail) A popular free gym scheme aimed at beating the bulge in Birmingham is to continue – after health chiefs said they will pour £2 million in to keep it going.

Filling new library such a moving story (Birmingham Mail) Article looking at preparations for the move from Birmingham Central Library to the Library of Birmingham.

Brum blood race: The pressure’s on (Birmingham Mail) Brummies are getting pumped up with excitement to help the city become a world record breaker. Lord Mayor Cllr Len Gregory wants the city to go down in history as the place where most people got their blood pressure checked in one day.

Lib Dem warned over comments (Birmingham Mail) An outspoken Liberal Democrat (Cllr Martin Mullaney) has been warned by embarrassed party bosses following comments labelling a rival councillor (Cllr Salma Yaqoob) as an Islamic Extremist.

Victoria back to her regal best after repair (BBC Online, Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail) Birmingham’s famous statue of Queen Victoria has been returned to its former glory with her missing sceptre returned fully intact.

First step to save Hawthorn House (Birmingham Mail) Residents campaigning to save their library in Birmingham have taken the first step in trying to secure its future.

Hemming: Axe has not fallen on citizens’ advice (Birmingham Post) Citizens’ Advice Bureaux threatened with the axe in Birmingham could still be saved when a crunch meeting to discuss funding takes place on Monday, an MP has claimed.

Lunar Society accused of bias following row over council cuts (Birmingham Post) A furious row over the closure of Birmingham’s Citizen’s Advice Bureau offices has led a senior councillor (Cllr Paul Tilsley) to claim one of the city’s most respected societies (The Lunar Society) is guilty of political bias and could be heading for an internal coup.

Whitby in Middle East for investment drive (Birmingham Post) Birmingham is making a concerted effort to build relationships in the Middle East in a push to increase inward investment in the city.

Aston Hall stars as backdrop in Indian pop video  (BBC Online, theasiantoday.com) An historic Birmingham museum has gained international stardom as the backdrop to a hit music video. Indian pop superstar Sarbjit Cheema filmed his latest video at Aston Hall just before Christmas.

Regional Headlines

Olympics merchandise unveiled in Birmingham
Lord Coe has visited Birmingham to unveil some of the official London 2012 Olympics merchandise.

BBC cuts 47 jobs in Birmingham and Bristol
Forty seven posts in the BBC’s factual programme department in Bristol and Birmingham are to be cut, the corporation has announced.

Guard shot in robbery at Santander bank in Birmingham
A security guard was hit on the head with a crowbar and shot in the arm in a robbery at a bank in Birmingham.

National Headlines

Lib Dem council leaders attack spending cuts
More than 80 prominent Liberal Democrat councillors, including the leaders of 17 local authorities, have criticised the scale and pace of government cuts.

West Ham beat Tottenham to win Olympic stadium backing
West Ham have won the backing of Olympic bosses in the battle for the 2012 stadium, BBC London has learned. Olympic Park Legacy Company executives have decided the offer from the club – which would retain the athletics track – is better than Tottenham’s rival bid.

MPs to debate plans to give prisoners the vote
MPs are expected to register their disapproval later over moves to give prisoners rights to vote in elections.

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